Cypriot Small bronze Cypriot (or Phoenician) bowl with handles: Cypro-Geometric III 900-800 BC

Small bronze Cypriot (or Phoenician) bowl with handles

A copper-alloy hemispherical bowl with slightly flattened base; the two arched handles cast and each fixed with 5 rivets to the bowl, topped by floral knops. Although the flower decorations on the handles are not the typical lotus buds seen on a number of Cypriot bowls of this period this is a variant on a Cypriot type. The single, closest typological parallel is found in a single specimen from Tell Halaf, Syria (9th century BC), and it is unclear if this was made in Cyprus and exported or was a local adaptation of the type. Kition (modern Larnaca) was a Phoenician colony subject to Tyre

Despite the dominance of iron for weapons and tools, copper continued to be produced and bronze continued to be the preferred material for luxuries such as this. Complete in good condition. 321 grams



Size: 19.5cm

(Ex the property of a London gentleman; formerly in UK collection, acquired in the 1970s; accompanied by a detailed academic report.)

(Aquired Timeline Auctions, UK)

DJ 191 (Annex 174)